What are you using for a coffee maker and coffee brand when camping/overlanding?

Corey

OverCamping Specialist
#1
In LGRT's breakfast post coffee was mentioned later in the thread, but I did not want to clog it up since the thread was mainly about food.
So what are you using for making coffee when camping, and what kind?

I use to use a French press when camping, as I also used one at home too.
But they are kind of hard to clean, and use a lot of water.
I have seen the pour overs that are out now that are based on a very old concept of the Melitta pour overs that my parents were using back in the 70s.
I have not tried one.

Last year there was a HUGE thread over on IH8MUD's camping section about camp coffee, and I kept seeing the Aeropress coffee maker popping up.
I decided to buy one last winter, and I liked it so much I bought a second one just to keep in the chuckbox.
There is a little mess leftover, but pretty easy to clean by rinsing with the leftover water from the Hario pot I use to boil the water with.
Yes, I have two of them too, one for home, one for the chuckbox :D
You can see it on the right burner on my stove.

Now as far as coffee goes, I got flipped crap on another site I will not mention, but I think you know the site.
All they do in the thread there is cut down others to make themselves seem better than others.
They even cut down my Outdoor X4 mug :D
I happen to like the Overland Coffee Company "Expedition blend" coffee as seen in the picture below.
It has a bit of chocolate and cherry in it, and it suits me fine.
They also cut down another brand I use at home, but I did not mention, they just talked about it.
That is Black Rifle Coffee, and at home and work I use a Keurig coffee maker, and I use Black Rifle's CAF K-Cups.
CAF stand for "Caffeinated As Fu*&", you get it :D
It is good stuff, and leaves no aftertaste in my mouth, and I also like supporting a veteran and the company he started.
They do make beans too I could grind, but I have not tried them yet.
I also sometimes use the Aeropress at home, but if I am in a hurry, the Keurig is very convenient to use.

But for camping I am now liking the Aeropress/Hario setup, and the Overland Coffee brand.
They also have pour over pouches, but I have not tried them, as I am very satisfied with the Aeropress for now.
I also use a JavaPress burr manual hand crank grinder to grind up the coffee fresh.

So lets here what you are currently using now to make that enjoyable cup of coffee when out in nature and away from the city/work life.

 
#2
No help from me, percolater coffee pot and some version of ground coffee over a fire. Given my choice, Cafe Du Monde w/chicory or Community. Well boiled and scalding hot with a touch of Bushmills Black
 
#3
In the past I have used a moka pot on the camp stove. But recently, like you, I discovered the Aeropress and I am a convert. We just got home from a three week trip and used it every morning. Super easy to use and it makes a great cup every time.

As far as coffee goes. We buy from a good local roaster and make sure the beans are fresh (roasted within the last week). I know grinding right before roasting is important and at home I have a burr grinder, but I have found that to be too much of a hassle in the field. The hand grinders just take too long. So I grind a bunch of beans right before the trip and call it good.
 

Hilldweller

SE Expedition Society
#4
I used to have a little espresso pot. I'd grind the beans with my GSI ceramic grinder and make some really potent stuff.
But the time and cleaning didn't really seem worth it.
So now I buy instant Sarbuck's when it's on sale at Costco:



And serve it as God intended:

 

stevenmd

Expedition Leader
#5
Either a French press or if there are a lot of people, an old percolater pot I picked up at a thrift store for $1. As for coffee, if I have it in the budget, I like to support a vet owned brand - Invader Coffee - otherwise I just use the Costco brand.
 
#6
I really like my Clever Coffee Dripper, it makes a great cup and is kind of a mix between a pour-over and a french press in the qualities. I will usually bring along my burr grinder from home and plug it into the 110v in my truck, heat water with a MSR WindBurner, and grind what I find out during my travels. Always on the hunt for a good local roaster who's roasting up fresh beans, which makes the biggest difference of all. I drank nothing but African beans, real fruity and bright, for a good year straight but I've been back into the more "classic" tasting Central and South American varieties lately.

Overall, aside from the grinder, everything is fairly compact and easy to manage space wise. A large box of filters doesn't take up much space, cleanup is easy due to the filter, and the stove packs down nice and small. The scale I use to measure everything out is small as well, and I make some killer coffee while out and about. Can't beat that.
 

Corey

OverCamping Specialist
#8
I forgot to mention I have two of these.
One came with my first Aeropress as a kit with a storage bag, the second Aeropress I bought the kit was out of stock, so I ordered one of these by itself.

The MESH: Premium Filter for AeroPress Coffee Makers by ALTURA + FREE eBOOK with Recipes, Tips, and More – Stainless Steel, Washable & Reusable. Lifetime 100% Guarantee

I used the included paper filters just once, then never again after using the above.
Just rinse it off, and it is good to go until next time.



Also forgot to mention I use the "Inverted Method" when using the Aeropress.
Less of a mess, and it can sit awhile and blend in the flavors.
You do it the way their book tells you, the water starts dripping out right away, and it is not as strong.
 
#9
I use a Bialetti Moka pot. Makes great, strong espresso (although in another thread I've been told it's neither espresso, nor great, nor strong :D), is easy to use and clean.

I forgot to mention I have two of these.
One came with my first Aeropress as a kit with a storage bag, the second Aeropress I bought the kit was out of stock, so I ordered one of these by itself.

The MESH: Premium Filter for AeroPress Coffee Makers by ALTURA + FREE eBOOK with Recipes, Tips, and More – Stainless Steel, Washable & Reusable. Lifetime 100% Guarantee
WHOA! You've no idea how much you just blew my mind with that link.

I got an Aeropress years ago, used it for one "paper filter package worth" of coffee, and was happy to throw it into the closet and forget about it. Those paper filters are a nightmare to use, even with the pre-soaking method. They're always moving around, always leaking, always either ruining the cup of coffee or making a mess on my kitchen counter.

Going to try that reusable filter.
 

Corey

OverCamping Specialist
#10
I use a Bialetti Moka pot. Makes great, strong espresso (although in another thread I've been told it's neither espresso, nor great, nor strong :D), is easy to use and clean.



WHOA! You've no idea how much you just blew my mind with that link.

I got an Aeropress years ago, used it for one "paper filter package worth" of coffee, and was happy to throw it into the closet and forget about it. Those paper filters are a nightmare to use, even with the pre-soaking method. They're always moving around, always leaking, always either ruining the cup of coffee or making a mess on my kitchen counter.

Going to try that reusable filter.
Glad I could help.
it really is easy, and also try the inverted method.
Once you screw the filter housing on top after it steels a minute, place your cup on top, then grab the Aeropress and cup with both hands and flip over.
Then start pushing the plunger down.
 
#11
Starbucks Via when I'm lazy (bought it on sale at Costco), but I really prefer to use my Moka pot and some espresso beans I pick up at Starbucks. I used to use the ground Illy espresso blend, but have a habit of slicing my hand on the stupid can so I'm over it.

 

Hilldweller

SE Expedition Society
#12
Starbucks Via when I'm lazy (bought it on sale at Costco), but I really prefer to use my Moka pot and some espresso beans I pick up at Starbucks. I used to use the ground Illy espresso blend, but have a habit of slicing my hand on the stupid can so I'm over it.

That's the sort of pot I have; it's sold under many names. We usually find them for about $10 at Marshall's. Really makes the best authentic espresso you can make, not fancy-schmancy.
When you gotta get your bean on, ditch the Frenchy and get one of these.
 
#13
We use a stove top percolator picked up at a second hand store. It is heated by heated by a Coleman stove also from a 2nd hand store. Coffee is Yuban Traditional Roast.

Makes great coffee and conforms to the KISS Principle. Another plus, the percolator is multiple use - can be used to heat water for cleaning or brewing tea as well.

The secret to good perced coffee is to get the water to a boil before inserting the grounds basket.
 

lgrt

Adventurer
#14
Well corey looks like you sucked the java juice out of my chorizo thread :)

I do like the taste and ease of using a french press on the trail. Took a while to figure out the right number of hand fulls of ground to put in but I managed. I've even managed to figure out how to make clean up easier without using tons of water (which is at a premium most trips). Getting a French press grind makes a big difference in taste and cleanup... at least to me.

I'm not so stuck on one coffee but I lean to the darker more aromatic roasts. That seems to wake my taste buds up. And who isn't a sucker for a bag of coffee called Sumatran Dragon. Sounds like a tattoo.

But I also keep a little jar of "Medaglia D'Oro Instant Espresso Coffee". IMHO it is by far the best just add hot water cup of coffee I've ever found... and I have tried a lot. It is what I bring on a backpack trip and keep it stashed in the chuck box in case we run out of ground coffee.
 

1leglance

2007 Expedition Trophy Champion, Overland Certifie
#15
My wife is the coffee drinker. I am all about the apple cider :)
We used to run an Aeropress but now it is a Moka pot with the Italian stuff in a can meant for it.
She is happy and that is all that matters to me.
 
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